GUITARIST Big John Bates leads leads a dark cabaret trio with Brandy Bones on bowed bass, JT Massacre on percussion and the group features all three voices. The Cascadian band has a sound “rooted in Americana with orchestral undertones and a post-punk edge” and they’ve honed their performances playing hundreds of shows and festivals across North America and Europe since 2010. Between playing with friends like Murder By Death, Larry and his Flask, Reverend Deadeye and Slim Cessna’s Auto Club, they found time to capture their sound perfectly on 2014’s 7″ “Black Timber Bitter Root” (limited edition coloured vinyl and mixed by David Carswell – Teagan & Sara, New Pornographers). The band constantly breaks new sonic ground and has variously toured with tuba, keys and mandolin. They are currently in the studio in Vancouver completing a new LP – be prepared for some big surprises.

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The list of artists Big John Bates has performed and toured with also includes Andre Williams, the Blasters, the Supersuckers, the Belrays, th’ Legendary Shack Shakers, Dex Romweber, Koko Taylor and Solomon Burke. They have won accolades at festivals like Ink & Iron Festival (US), Ribs & Blues (NE), Big Time Out (CA), Shambhala (CA), Stemwede (DE), Halifax Pop Explosion, (CA), Canadian Music Week (CA), Sjock Festival (BE). And with music and interviews featured on A&E; Discovery Channel; Arctic Air as well as in movies and TV shows in Germany, France, Canada and USA. 

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